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Downriver Race, 2020 Sailing Instructions

This race will be governed by these sailing instructions and the general Yare Sailing Club sailing instructions, which are published on the Club website.

Competitors must conform to current Covid-19 guidelines, as in force on the day of the race.

Entries are to be submitted online, using the official entry form at , no later than 3pm on Friday 30 October.  The £10 entry fee shall also be paid by this date and time, using the Just Giving page provided for this purpose at .

Communication on the day will be via a WhatsApp group, set up specifically for this race.  It is a condition of entry that a suitable mobile phone number will be provided by each entrant for this purpose.  This phone must be carried onboard and monitored for the duration of the race.

There will be no briefing on the day.  The course will be as laid out in these Sailing Instructions, save that any aspect may be changed on the day, if weather conditions so dictate.  Competitors will be informed by WhatsApp no later than 10am on the day if there is to be such a change.

The start will be an imaginary line across the River Bure at Horning Church moorings (Grid reference TG355164).  This start line will be open between 10:30 and 11:30.

Competitors will be timed in to the race as they cross the line, travelling downriver.  There will be no sound signals at the start.  No engines should be used within 100 metres of the line, prior to starting.

The finish will be an imaginary line across the River Thurne at Cold Harbour (Grid reference TG396167).  Competitors will be given a sound signal as they are timed out.

Spectators are not permitted on either the start or finish line.

The course will be from the start line at Horning Church, down the River Bure to Upton Dyke, then returning upriver and then up the River Thurne to the finish line at Cold Harbour.

No mark will be laid at the Upton Dyke turning point.  Boats should turn to starboard at the point where the helmsman, in their usual position, can see fully into the mouth of Upton Dyke.  Normal port and starboard rules apply at this point.

Any boat taking a time penalty or making a protest must use WhatsApp to inform the Race Officer at the earliest possible opportunity and in any event by 5pm at the latest.  Any boat retiring from the race without finishing is requested to inform the Race Officer as soon as possible, using WhatsApp.

Any boat which fails to finish by 4pm will be automatically timed out of the race.

Results will be published on the Yare Sailing Club website as soon as practically possible after the race finish.  There will be no prize-giving on the day.


Item Number: 241    last edited on: 21/10/2020   by: The Editor
Neil Johnson, 1963-2020

It with much sadness that we inform you that Neil Johnson passed away on Tuesday 13 October, after a short illness.

We will all miss him for his humour, wide-ranging knowledge and interests and, of course, his longstanding support of the Yare Sailing Club. Initially he could be seen helping on the club line and with manning the club boat; but he also crewed for David & Ros Walker on Lucky Breeze and latterly quietly looked after the club boat as Bosun for a number of years, with all that entailed.

Behind the scenes, he worked hard for the club, offering great support and willingly doing many small jobs, unasked.

He is a great loss to the Club and we send our condolences to his family and friends.

Item Number: 242    last edited on: 21/10/2020   by: The Editor
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Dear RCC members,

At our AGM in November 2018 there was some discussion about the display of Registration Marks and in certain cases concerns were voiced about formal correspondence received by yacht owners.  The committee has been endeavouring to clarify the situation.  At that time, the class captain Mels Farrar wrote to the Broads Authority seeking assurances.

The class welcomed representatives from the B.A. and the NSBA at our January committee meeting, where we were able to discuss this situation in more detail.  Since then a small group of the main committee has met with the B.A. on two occasions during February.   For both parties this has been rewarding, with constructive dialogue resulting in clarification that benefits both the RCC membership and the officers of the B.A.

Below, you will see an updated excerpt from the B.A. Display of Registration Marks document, which is the result of our engagement with the B.A. - We are very grateful to have had this opportunity and have also developed some suggestions of our own for RCC owners. These bullet points complement the B.A. requirements, and if followed ensure that your vessel meets the requirements to display Registration Marks and at all times be identifiable.
Broads Authority - Display of Registration Marks document (sect 6)

River Cruiser Class - 'Best practice'
In addition to the guidance in Section 6, Broads Authority 'Display of Registration Marks' we recommend the following to our members;
1.     All yachts should have their registration numbers displayed on their bows, or on a board mounted below the bowsprit.
2.     As a class, all R.C.C. registered yachts should display their name on the transom, excluding yachts with long, low counter sterns or those with canoe sterns.
3.     Whenever the name of your yacht is obscured, such as when motoring - we strongly recommend that owners either display Registration Marks which are visible from astern, or display their Registration Marks on the outboard motor cowling, so that a vessel may be readily identified.
4.     All R.C.C. members should keep both the class and the Broads Authority appraised of changes in ownership (inc. contact details) as soon as possible.
If you need a duplicate set of Registration Mark stickers, these are available directly from the Broads Authority.
As a committee, we hope that this resolves any queries or concerns that you have had regarding the display of Registration Marks.  Also, we appreciate your support in following the B.A. requirements and our own suggestions on this matter.
Best regards
James Dugdale
RCC Captain.

Item Number: 229    last edited on: 10/03/2019   by: The Editor

YSC Open River Championship for the Luna Barometer
an original 1895 YSC trophy

The YSC issues an Open Invitation each year for River Cruiser Class Yachts to compete in a major River Racing Championship. The Championship is for a number of river races on the Yare. They are:

1. Reedham Open Regatta, Sunday a.m. race.
2. Cantley Open Regatta, Sunday a.m. race
3. Breydon Regatta - Passage Race
4. Cecil Howard Memorial Trophy
5. YNR
6. Autumn Open Trophy, Sunday a.m race

Of the six events, a yacht's best four results count

Contact the Secretary for further details

Breeze, 177, winning CHSC's
Yare Navigation Race, Sept. 2003,
a round of the Luna Championship.

Item Number: 175    last edited on: 12/11/2017   by: The Editor
Trial tide text service

From the Broads Authority:

"Text us to find out the predicted best time to reach Great Yarmouth when crossing Breydon Water. We are trialling this new method during May and June. Text ‘Tide’ to 60777 to receive the predicted low slack water times at Great Yarmouth Yacht Station, and the time of sunset for the day of the request and the following day. The cost is 6p plus your standard message rate."

Item Number: 176    last edited on: 01/05/2014   by: The Editor


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Item Number: 156    last edited on: 29/05/2013   by: The Editor

Would all club members and visitors participating in club races, or other organised water-borne club activities, please note that with immediate effect the committee strongly recommend the wearing of personal flotation devices whilst you are active on the water.

Additionally, you are reminded of ISAF Rule 1.2 which states, “Each competitor is individually responsible for wearing a personal flotation device adequate for the conditions."

Officers of the Day may make it mandatory for life jackets or similar to be worn while racing, with the penalty for not doing so being disqualification from the race in question.

This is for your own safety and all skippers and boat owners should ensure sufficient personal buoyancy aids for all crew members are carried on board at all times.

Item Number: 165    last edited on: 13/05/2013   by: The Editor
Advice to Broads Boat Users

The following has been issued by the Broads Authority:

Due to the ongoing works being carried out by BESL (Broadland Environmental Services Limited) on behalf of the Environment Agency, and in conjunction with exceptionally high water levels, the following advice is given to all boat users:

· Keep well away from the edge of riverbanks - piling that is normally visible can be covered during project works and certain weather and water levels conditions.

· If in any doubt, sailing craft should tack short to avoid any potential hazards.

· Take note of any port and starboard marks and keep seaward of any temporary red warning markers denoting a potential hazard or obstruction. Be wary and keep clear of any work vessels, rigs, cranes, digger arms, barges and ground anchors.

· Check any area thoroughly before you attempt to moor and do not be tempted to moor where instructed not to do so.

· Boats must give way to towed or heavily loaded vessels or vessels restricted in their ability to manoeuvre - only overtake when advised by the skipper of the vessel.

· Report any new hazards or obstructions to the Broads Authority River Control on 01692 678459.

This advice applies until further notice.

Item Number: 68    last edited on: 08/12/2007   by: The Editor